Autobiography and Black Identity Politics: Racialization in Twentieth-Century America

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Why has autobiography been central to African-American political speech throughout the twentieth century? What is it about the racialization process that persistently places African-Americans in the position of speaking from personal experience? In Autobiography and Black Identity Politics: Racialization in Twentieth-Century America Kenneth Mostern illustrates the relationship between narrative and racial categories such as "colored," "Negro," "black," or "African American" in the work of writers such as W. E. B. Du Bois, Zora Neale Hurston, Malcolm X, Paul Robeson, Angela Davis, and bell hooks. This wide-ranging study will interest all those working in African-American studies, cultural studies, and literary theory.
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"Mostern provides intriguing readings of...the autobiographies he presents." American Literature
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521641142
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Series: Cultural Margins Series, #7
  • Pages: 294
  • Lexile: 1690L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Theorizing race, autobiography, and identity politics
1 What is identity politics? Race and the autobiographical 3
2 African-American autobiography and the field of autobiography studies 28
Pt. 2 The politics of Negro self-representation
3 Three theories of the race of W. E. B. Du Bois 57
4 The gender, race, and culture of anti-lynching politics in the Jim Crow era 83
5 Representing the Negro as proletarian 112
Pt. 3 The dialectics of home: gender, nation and blackness since the 1960s
6 Malcolm X and the grammar of redemption 137
7 The political identity "woman" as emergent from the space of Black Power 164
8 Home and profession in black feminism 189
Notes 217
Works cited 262
Index 275
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